The “students” from Jawaharlal University (JNU) are protesting the hike in hostel prices. While earlier, the protestors had clashed with the police, now a video has emerged where these “students” can be seen manhandling a Zee News reporters and making lewd remarks against her.
शर्मनाक- जेएनयू में ये कौन सी शिक्षा दी जा रही है ? जो महिलाओ के साथ मारपीट सिखाती है, महिला पत्रकारों पर हमला करना सिखाती है @reporter_pooja के ऊपर हमला करने वाले छात्रों को जेनएयू प्रशासन तुरन्त निष्काषित करे। pic.twitter.com/khC31SXJKi
— Vikas Bhadauria (ABP News) (@vikasbha) November 16, 2019
ABP journalist Vikas Bhaduria tweeted a video on November 16th where one can see JNU “students” manhandling the reporter. The reporter in questions is one Pooja. Bhaduria tweeted saying that the video was shameful. He questioned what sort of education is being imparted in JNU that taught the students to manhandle female journalists, hit them and attack them. He also demanded that the students who attacked the journalist should be rusticated.
In the beginning of the video, one can be lewd ‘students’ remarking to other students to let the reporter be so they can ‘maza lo’. When the reporter questions one the students, he says that if she stays, then “hum baitha ke mazaa lenge”.
Then, amidst chants of “Zee News murdabad” and “Hindi media murdabad”, rather middle-aged ‘students” can be seen manhandling the reporter.
Then one can see students demanding that the cameras be shut off. The ‘students’ told the reporter to get out. “Nikaliye yaha se” they said after manhandling her and shouting at her. After that, ‘students’, even joined by women, started chanting ‘bhaag Zee News bhaag’.
Towards the end of the video tweeted by Vikas Bhaduria, one can see snippets of JNU students attacking and manhandling reporters.
The University has introduced fees for utility services like water and electricity on an actual basis, and a fixed charge of ₹1700 per month for services like sanitation, maintenance, cook etc. The room rent also has been increased from ₹20 to ₹600 for single-seater and from ₹10 to ₹300 for double seater. One time security which is refundable also has gone up from ₹5,500 to ₹12,000 and the students have been protesting against it.
As the JNU students protest against the Draft hostel manual that has provisions for the fee hike, curfew timings and dress code restrictions on the students intensified, the administration has announced a ‘major rollback’ in the hostel fee hike and other stipulations said the Ministry of Human Resource Development. JNU, however, called it cosmetic.
It has been two weeks since the JNU Student’s Union (JNUSU) has been conducting protests over the hostel manual. The JNUSU Vice-Chancellor Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar had on November 8 alleged that Associate Dean Dr Vandana Mishra was kept in illegal captivity by some students as a part of their protest.